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Chris Jalkotzy, Leed AP

I specialize in the design of smaller sustainable residential projects. Housing in the central districts of cities is quickly becoming unaffordable for young and old. In the 1980's and 90's I designed infill projects that exceeded expectations in the number of freehold units that could be accommodated on residential infill properties. I am able to use my extensive knowledge of the building codes and zoning bylaws to develop innovative solutions that are easy to build and provide excellent returns on investment. Over the past 5 years I have developed affordable low rise apartment buildings, small lot duplexes and townhouses and tiny houses. Through City Villages I am developing housing options that will help destigmatize and deintutionalize social and elderly housing. Further information can be seen in my blog 


I am a leader in the application of sustainable building practises and have helped with the development of BOMA Best Sustainability Assessment Tool in 2004. I have done presentations at the Ottawa Better Buildings Breakfast, CSVA 2009 Conference, and Sustainable Buildings Canada 2012 Conference.


Professional Experince

Design and Project Manager, Sept 2013 to 2016

Planning By People

(see above)


Sustainable Development Specialist, Feb 2003 to Sept 2013

Environmental Services, PWGSC

As one of a team of ten, implementing sustainable project delivery throughout the project management system. Developing methodology, providing advice, making presentations, providing training and conducting workshops on sustainability for project management teams, program teams and other federal government departments. Participating in the development of strategic directions, tool use and comprehensive delivery mechanisms that would ensure sustainable development targets are met. Developing training programs for program and project management teams.


Sustainable Project Delivery,  April 2001 to Sept 2001 and Jan 2002 to Feb 2003

AES Strategic Initiatives, PWGSC                                                      

As one of a team of three, developing and writing policy, providing advice, making presentations and conducting workshops on sustainability for federal government departments


Senior Planning Technician, March 1999 to Feb 2001

City of Calgary 

Dealing with Development Permit Applications, applying Land Use Bylaws and the Policies of the Planning and Building Department of the City Of Calgary


Private Architectural Practice, 1980 to 1999

Your Community Designer, designer of environmentally friendly buildings." (Ottawa-Carleton), designer of unique infill housing and small commercial projects.


Architectural Technologist, 1977 to 1980

Northwest Territories Housing Corporation

Architectural Technologist and Project Technician in Yellowknife, NWT.  Designed, supervised design, housing construction, and land assembly. Wrote specifications and initiated special projects. Developed the first super insulated residential units in the NWT.


Professional Developement

  • Conducted training sessions on the use of sustainability design assist and assessment tools such as Green Globe and LEED.

  • Conducted workshops and made presentations on sustainability for Project Managers, PWSGC and several conferences

  • Familiar with sustainability assessment tools, ATHENA, Gbtools, BREEAM, LEED, QUEST, CMHC CO2 neighbourhood modeling, Hot2000, Blast, DOE2, Infracycle and Infralink

  • Housing expert on a panel for the Ottawa Smart Growth Summit, June 2001




Community Service

  • Past President, member of Ecovision, Coalition for the Environment (Eastern Ontario)(6yrs) -wrote position papers on urban form/costs, public participation, local environmental issues etc.

  • Past Vice President, member of Civic Forum, municipal activist group (6yrs)

  • Past Vice President, member of Alliance to Save Our Green Belt (ATSOG) (4yrs)

  • Past Member of the Board of Ottawa‑East Community Association, Ottawa

  • Past member of Computers in Architecture, 1984-88

  • Past Member of Sailing Committee, Britannia Yacht Club

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